Anna, who lives in Twickenham, has Cerebral Palsy and Hydrocephalus and needed a wheelchair for long distances as she can walk a little way but gets very tired. She had a wheelchair but it was heavy and she relied on her parents to push her around. As a teenager she was eager to start taking part in weekend activities without her parents, to travel to school independently, and to go shopping or to the cinema with friends.
The Victoria Foundation was able to help and provided Anna with a light-weight wheelchair which has helped to transform her life. She can self-propel her new wheelchair, is less reliant on her parents to push her around, and is able join in activities and outings with her friends.
‘I would like to say thank you so much to The Victoria Foundation for helping me to get my day chair. It has definitely changed my life, for the better, ….. before I got this chair I had NHS one, it was heavy and cumbersome, this one is the complete opposite, it makes me feel like a normal teenage girl and without your charity I wouldn't have got this chair, at least not for a very long time. …’ Anna, Twickenham
‘We are extremely grateful to the Trustees of The Victoria Foundation for the generous support that you have shown to Whizz-Kidz. You have helped …to change the lives of Ellias and Christopher. This would not have been possible without your kind and vital support.’ Whizz-Kidz
Christopher, from Twickenham, has Cerebral Palsy, which affects the use of his arms and legs. His NHS wheelchair was completely unsuitable and was holding him back from being able to enjoy life. I am delighted to give you an update on the enormous impact that The Victoria Foundation support has had on him, 3 months later.
Christopher’s Dad, John, said: "Since receiving his new chair, the changes we see are fantastic". The new chair is so much more adaptable and compact so Christopher can get around the house with a lot more ease. Getting on and off public and school buses is much better now too due to its narrower width. Days out are so much easier and enjoyable for us all! Also, as the sides on his new wheelchair are lower, Christopher is able to transfer himself in and out of the seat rather than us having to lift him in and out of it. This is having a great improvement in his strength and movement which is absolutely fantastic to see.
Thank you so much …… for everything. As Christopher gets older, it was getting progressively harder to lift him in and out of his NHS chair and push him around; but now, his new wheelchair has given us new levels of freedom as a family”. Lyn - Christopher’s mum
Christopher wanted to add: “My new wheelchair is so good. I can get in and out of the seat myself. I love it!”
Fifteen-year-old Ellias from London was born with Downs Syndrome and has impaired speech. After using a trike at his school, Ellias’s teachers suggested that it would be fantastic for him to have one to use at home. Therefore, the family applied to Whizz-Kidz for a specialised trike that would suit his needs as he continues to grow. Now Ellias is learning day by day how to use his trike safely, and he is building up stamina and independence at his own pace Ellias
Ellias’s mum, Jennifer, said: “Ellias would always ask me to get him a bicycle, especially when he would watch his older brothers playing on theirs. He didn’t understand that it wasn’t as easy to buy him a bike that would suit his needs.
Ellias also loved the trikes that were at his school. He enjoyed having fun riding them in the playground with his friends and the trikes also helped to improve his strength and balance. Therefore, we decided to apply to Whizz-Kidz for a specialised trike that we knew would be tailor-made for Ellias’s specific needs. When the trike arrived, Ellias was so excited – he couldn’t wait to try it out! I knew the trike would be perfect to help improve his fitness and stamina whilst he could enjoy having fun like any other young boy his age.
Ellias still struggles with his awareness of danger; therefore it may be a while before he is able to ride his trike to the park with his brothers without help. However, now we have the right equipment for him, I am very hopeful that Ellias will continue to grow in independence and that he will learn to explore the world around him using his trike at his own pace. To buy the trike independently would have been incredibly expensive for our family and so we are very thankful to Whizz-Kidz for providing it for Ellias. We don’t take it for granted and I can’t thank the charity enough for all of their help."